Dec 18, 2019

The 2019 locust invasion near our project area

Dear Supporters,

 Recent fears of people in the Horn of Africa where our project is located has been fear of famine due to the ongoing desert locust infestation. The locust invasion is still ongoing and might go to other countries in the region. People are responding the way they know as there are no adequate and pricise pest control system to kill the loust when they are ebing hatched and other side effects of the chemicals.

There have been appeals and early warnings of locust invastion by the UN FAO since the beginning of summer and the potential for disaster. Communities have been responding to protect their fields using tradtional methods. This biblical pest has been scaring people around the Horn of Africa and the Sahel for many generations. This is happening during the harvest season. Evne last week (12/13/19) the UN FAO wrote that the Desert Locust is ravaging the Horn of Africa. According to Relief Web The FAO appealed " for scaling up of prevention and control measures to abate crop loses."

Regional governments and the East Africa Desert Locust Control in Nairobi has been very weak in mobilizing resources. The civil war in Yemen, where the locust oriniated has also contributed to the crisis. The precarious food security situation in the region is becoming worst.  The unseasonal rainfall in teh region is good for pasture, but it is also great for locust breeding and infestation. There is a need for institutional building in disaster risk management local forasting of hazards such as Locust and pest infestation. For more clarification about the locust situation please look here (

In the highlands of Ethiopia where the Fall harvest is in swing farmers are harvesting their crops to avoid being eaten by locust. Harvesting early is a tradtional risk management to gather what ever is available.

I am planning to travel to the project areas in conjunction with personal trip to Ethiopia in January. I plan to share with the current status of the project and next steps.  I will also evaluate the pilot project needed repairs and any demands from the participants.

Thank you for your ongoing support and have a great Holday season. Happy New Year,  Merry X-Mass and Happy Hanukkah. May 2010 bring you great health, happiness, love and success in your lives. Thank you.

Sep 19, 2019

The 2019 rainy season looks great

surface water harvesting full-8-2019
surface water harvesting full-8-2019

Dear supports,

Happy New Year! Year. Yes, September 12 was the New Year in Ethiopia. It became 2012 in the old Julian Calendar. New Year is a time of optimism as it is a point of transition from the cold and food-insecure rainy season to the boutiful and sunny harvest season beginning in September.

I recieved a report from a volunteer that the 2019 rainy season in the Atebes Victory Gardens project has been good. It is noted that the springs have gained strength amd may survive the dry season from October to next years rainy season. Water in the demonstration pilot projet is harvested and the fruit trees are doing fine. I have also received reports that people have planted vegetables in their homestead to support food security to their households using the seasonal rains.

As you can see in the pictures one of the water harvesting tanker requires a small repair. We hope to do that before the next rainy season.

It is sad to share with you that one of our senior peasant trainers in the village who early understood the clay pot irrigaiton system and who was the first to adopt the method passed three weeks ago in the village. GS  (first name abreviated for privacy reasons) was a farmer and a meson and he and his children were very supportive and early aopters of the project. It is great that he tasted the fruit of his labor (an apple) before his last day on earth. We will miss him. May his soul RIP.

Again thank you for your continued support. Please continue your support and share our activities with friends and families so that we can reach our fund raising goals and reach our objectives. Thank you and Happy 2012 :)

the dwarf apples at the pilot site are doing fine
the dwarf apples at the pilot site are doing fine
vegetabes are ebing grown
vegetabes are ebing grown
this roof harvestin tanker needs repair
this roof harvestin tanker needs repair
highest point in the village, Mt Tsada, is green
highest point in the village, Mt Tsada, is green
Jun 20, 2019

Apples have began to be sold informally....

Dear Partners,

I would like to share with you some good news. I was told by one of our supporters that "some of the participants have began to seel their apple fruits informally at the nearby town of Adigrat and the nearby Mugulat market places."  Our project supporter, Tadesse Berhane, also observed that "some people the people do not have enough market information about the real price of Apples and are selling them cheap." Most of the people eat the apples at home adding to the food security of the household according to other sources I talked by phone in the village.

Therefore, the focus of our volunteers in the next few months will be to increase market awareness so that they can benefit from their innovation.  The increasing demand for seedlings have also to be addressed by raising more money.

The second good news is that the summer rainy season in the village has started very well and people are seeding their farms. If the rainfall continues normally without a dry spell in the middle of the season, food production would be very high the next harvest season.

Again, thank you for your support. You are witnessing the positive impact of your contirbution. We need your continued support so that we can rech our goals and expand it inthe village and upscale it to neighboring highland villages.

Thank you again.

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